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Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentines Day!

From all of us at Shelburne Farms. May you find the "heart" in all you do.

Thanks to Deenie Galipeau for finding this heart on the Breeding Barn roof!

Many thanks to all of you who participated in our SURVEY. We're busy compiling the results and will share some of our findings with you in March. Thanks again.

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Upcoming Programs

Our spring calendar is at the printer, but our programs are online. Check our web site regularly for new programs. UPCOMING:

  • Butter & Bread, Sat., FEB. 18
  • Lambing Clinic, Sat., MARCH 3
  • Dog Powered Fun!, Sat., MARCH 17

Lambing Clinic

Saturday, MARCH 3, 9 am – 12 pm 
$25. REGISTRATION: 802-985-8686
This escaped our Spring Calendar! Learn the basics of managing a sheep flock during lambing. Explore strategies to help your sheep have healthy, productive births, while also looking at some of the potential challenges. More

Seeking Volunteer Tour Guides

Do you love Shelburne Farms, the environment, agriculture, and meeting new people? Join a group of dedicated Tour Guide volunteers! Weekly Thursday classes, March 1 - May 10, 5:30-7 pm in the Farm Barn. Guides give one weekly 2-hour tour; the group gathers monthly. Contact Judy Brook, Tour Guide Program Coordinator, for more info: 865-0557 or

Residential Programs this Spring!

  • Of Cows, Caves, and Cheese Friday–Sunday, MAY 11–13
    Take a journey into artisanal cheese-making, from Shelburne Farms to the The Cellars at Jasper Hill. More.
  • Words Take Wing
    A Retreat for Poets & Writers

    Friday–Sunday, JUNE 22–24 
    Find your voice. Read, write, reflect and wander. No experience necessary – just a love of poetry and the natural world. More

‘I Am Vermont Strong’ license plate

Shelburne Farms is participating in the new "I Am Vermont Strong" license plate program that authorizes Vermonters to purchase the $25 plate and affix it to the front of their vehicles. Money raised will go to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund to help people affected by Tropical Storm Irene, as well as to the Vermont Foodbank. The Farm is part of the Vermont Attractions Association project to contribute a gift certificate to one lucky winner’s license plate package each week.

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Camp Lottery Reminder!

The deadline for our summer camp lottery is FEB. 23. After the deadline, applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis for remaining openings or our waitlist. View Camps.

"Who Put Cheddar in the Cheese?"

Take a chemical journey through cheesemaking at Shelburne Farms in this Feb 2012 ChemMatters article.

2012 is the 40th year of the nonprofit Shelburne Farms. We'll be marking this milestone, and mapping our way to 50, with a series of articles.
MARILYN WEBB NEAGLEY served as president of Shelburne Farms Resources in its formative years.

Marilyn Webb NeagleyI first got involved with Shelburne Farms in early 1971, when I was volunteering for the Nature Conservancy and conducting a series of “Living Arts” teacher workshops in Burlington. The idea was to awaken the senses and understanding of teachers and their young students to the natural world around them, through seasonal art and science experiences.

My vision for educational change melded well with the goals for the summer camp Alec had started at the Farm the year before. We decided to combine efforts and create an expanded summer program: four sessions of camp and teacher workshops, a children’s craft program with the Shelburne Craft School and a farmer’s market, the first in Vermont.

The desire to create greater awareness of natural and agricultural resources was the seed for starting the Farm’s school field trips, tours, and the Project Seasons science curriculum for teachers. Throughout the 1970s, we also worked on creating the Shelburne Spinners (a craft co-op) and an expanded Farmers Market in Burlington. With my father, the first director of Gardens for All, we started community gardens at the Farm and a community canning center in the Farm Barn where O’Bread Bakery is today.

After overseeing the rehabilitation and opening of the Inn, I stepped down in 1988 after 12 years as president. Shelburne Farms as a nonprofit had come a long way from having only a typewriter, a tractor and some linoleum flooring as its assets! Its educational vision had come a long way, too, and it continues to guide the Farm today. What has been accomplished is extraordinary, and is a credit to the Board and staff, collaborating organizations and the great generosity of many supporters.

Marilyn Webb Neagley

The Best Valentines Day Card & Gift:The Best Valentine

Macy Macy Baker and her family have been coming to the Inn since her parents honeymooned here in 2001. According to her Dad, "Since day one, the children have simply loved the Farm. From the day vacation ends, they continually ask me how long it will be before we all return."

This year, Macy took it upon herself to help the Farm. "Without my knowledge or my wife's," says her dad, "she started collecting some change to donate to the farm. I am not sure when she started or frankly where she got the money." Macy's donation (with a parental "match") arrived recently, along with this early Valentine.

Thanks, Macy! You make us feel very happy, too!

Doug FlackReal Foods, Real Health -

Wed., FEBRUARY 22, 6:00-8:00 pm. FREE.
Limited Registration. 802-985-8686

Join Doug Flack, farmer and sauerkraut producer from Flack Family Farm in Enosburg Falls, as he sparks a discussion about the modern American diet, how we got here, and how we as consumers can make different choices. Look at a fascinating timeline of industrial food production, and learn more about farm-fresh foods like raw milk, cultured dairy products, lacto-fermented vegetables and more.

Vermont Working Landscape Action PlanSaving Vermont's Working Landscape

You've likely heard those words before. Now there's a growing non-partisan, broad-based effort to support local agriculture and forestry, grow and attract farm and forest entrepreneurs, and conserve Vermont’s Working Landscape far into the future. Shelburne Farms is an organizational partner in this work, which is being facilitated by The Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Read more about the Program (you can join the effort, too!) or download the Vermont Working Landscape Action Plan, published September 2011.

Free "Conversations" Series Spotlights
Robotics & Humanity

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms, and All Souls Interfaith Gathering are partnering once again with host and moderator Fran Stoddard to present the Conversations series of interviews and public dialogue. This year’s series explores questions of how technology and humanity relate to each other, including robotics, artificial intelligence, creativity, and social interaction. A casual reception will follow each. LOCATION: All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne; INFORMATION (or 802-985-3346 x3368). FREE and open to the public.

MARCH 14, Tuesday, 4 pm: Joshua Bongard, UVM assistant professor and co-author of How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence; Robert Geraci, Manhattan College assistant professor and author of Apocalyptic Al: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality.

MARCH 21, Tuesday, 4 pm: Aubrey Shick, director of the Romibo project at the Origami Robotics and Design Research Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

MARCH 28, Tuesday, 4 pm: John Abele, founder and co-chair of Boston Scientific Corporation and former board chairman and current vice chairman of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization founded to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields, including the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Robotics and Humanity is supported in part by a grant from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, with media support from RETN.

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